Thursday, December 2, 2021

Write, Edit, Publish December 2021 bloghop Narcissus

 Greetings everyone. Narcissism is the topic of the December bloghop for Write, Edit, Publish. Hosted by Denise Covy, Renee, Nilla, Laura, Jemi, and Olga. Thank you, ladies. Below is my entry. To read what others have said go here.

Narcissism is a mental health illness in which the person who suffers from it is full of themselves, literally. In recent times, the world has witnessed several leaders that display this condition. Thank God, the most recent one is gone, for now, and I hope he never returns. Scary times.



 

A narcissist also makes a good villain. Below is my entry and it is also an excerpt from my up coming fantasy book tilted: The Emperor of the Moon and Stars, Book 3 in The Chronicles of Gil-Lael.

Almost forgot the tagline: When one imagines themselves invincible. 

 

Narcissist

 

Ose Shigemori leaned back against the tree. Soon, hed leave Aya for the Province of Xuqihar. Those men who pledged their support had made it to the cave system in the mountains. The time had come for him to abandon hope of having Tamika returned. Coulomb was out of his reach as well. It wasnt worth the death of good men to help him escape.

Shiho knelt at his side, cleaning his fingernails. She wasnt a madam to the onsen anymore. He arrived with his men, raided the geisha house, and forced the women to come with them. Now, Shiho attended to his needs, and right now, that meant his fingernails.

Shiho was polishing his nails now with a brush. Shed given him a hard time until he beat her senseless. The bruises were still visible. I might just do it again soon. He smiled.

Captain Chikusa entered. Excellency.He bowed. The traitors have been hanged as instructed.

Good. Did the usurper notice?

Yes. The usurpers men cut them down.

Shiho finished. Ose brought up his hand to admire his fingernails. Gather the men. We leave in an hour.

 Word count: 190

 Thank you for reading. Please leave a comment.

Nancy

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31 comments:

Elephant's Child said...

Nasty, nasty, nasty.
The touch of him admiring his fingernails is the perfect end.

Debbie D. said...

Such a delightfully nasty villain! I might just do it again soon. Poor Shiho...

Yolanda Renée said...

I hope Karma visits him soon. Well done!

Jemi Fraser said...

Yikes! So well done - a completely icky narcissist!

N. R. Williams said...

Thank you elephant's child. Debbie, Yolanda, and Jemi. To learn what becomes of Ose, you'll have to buy, The Emperor of the Moon and Stars. Coming soon.
Nancy

Denise Covey said...

I love the focus on the fingernails. What an unlikeable character! A real Narcissus!
The Link of Damyanti's article was in both places I mentioned it in my blog post, Nancy. But here it is again:

https://www.damyantiwrites.com/2021/11/23/self-publishing/22/00/03/12069/guest-post/damyantig/

Michael Di Gesu said...

Hi Nancy,

A nasty, but an actual betrayal of a real evil narcissust. All the best with your book!

N. R. Williams said...

Thanks you Denise and Michael.
I'll check out the article now.
Nancy

cleemckenzie said...

Euu! I don't like that guy. Good characterization.

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Nancy - well done ... an excellent take on the prompt - really horrible man - oh I'd hate to meet up with him. All the best - Hilary

Olga Godim said...

What a repulsive man. I hope he gets his rightful deserves.

Shilpa Gupte said...

The obsession with the nails speaks a lot about the despicable man!

N. R. Williams said...

Thank you, Clee, Hilary, ZOlga and Shilpa.
You can find out what happens to Ose in my up coming book, The emperor of the Moon and Stars, Book 3 in The Chronicles of Gil-Lael.

Nancy

Rajani Rehana said...

Beautiful blog

Rajani Rehana said...

Please read my post

Jamie said...

I don't fully understand what's going down, but I can see the main character is a pompous arrogant... well, that he fits the prompt. Cool.

N. R. Williams said...

Where is your post, Rajani? If it is part of the prompt I will read.

Thank you Jamie. Excerpts are hard to know how much to include. Ose is the villain.
Nancy

Rebecca M. Douglass said...

Good portrait of an evil villain. The fingernails!

It's an intriguing snippet from your book, too.

Shannon Lawrence said...

He definitely sounds like an awful man. Admiring his nails after probably using that very same hand to abuse Shiho.

N. R. Williams said...

Thank you Rebecca and Shannon.
Nancy

L.G. Keltner said...

You have written a truly despicable villain here, and that certainly isn't easy to do. A great take on the prompt! It's impressive how much you conveyed in so few words.

N. R. Williams said...

Thank you, Laura.
Nancy

Michelle Wallace said...

He sounds like a terrible character. The end action of admiring his fingernails says a lot about him. Definitely unlikeable.
An interesting snippet from your story!

Nilanjana Bose said...

An intriguing excerpt and a lot conveyed in a tiny wordcount. Well done! Sounds like a ghastly villain - certainly fits the prompt to a T.

N. R. Williams said...

Thank you Michelle and Nila.
Nancy

Kalpana said...

I love how we saw your narcissist from the inside out instead of the outside in. Delicious read.

N. R. Williams said...

Thank you, Kalpana.
Nancy

Bernadette said...

I hope he gets taught a lesson. What a horrible person!

N. R. Williams said...

He's the villain, so, yeah, he gets it.
Nancy

Ornery Owl of Naughty Netherworld Press and Readers Roost (Not Charlotte) said...

An excellent portrait of a truly horrible man. Sadly, all too realistic. I am impressed that you managed to paint a complete and detailed picture in so few words.
Happy holidays if you celebrate such.

N. R. Williams said...

Thank you, Charlotte
Nancy